2:00PM Water Cooler 4/8/2021 | naked capitalism

2:00PM Water Cooler 4/8/2021 | bare capitalism

By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Fowl Music of the Day

At reader request, Birds of Australia.


At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart from 91-DIVOC. The info is the Johns Hopkins CSSE knowledge. Here is the site.

I really feel I’m participating in a macabre type of tape-watching.

Vaccination by region:

A bit of dip, hopefully provide not demand. • Early in February, I mentioned a easy strategy to examine Biden’s efficiency to Trump’s on vaccination can be to check the curves. If Biden accelerated vaccine administration, the speed of vaccination post-Inaugural would kink upward, because the insurance policies of a more practical administration took maintain. They haven’t. The fragmented, Federalized, and profit-driven lumbering monstrosity that we laughingly name our “well being care” “system” has not responded to “power within the government,” however has continued on its inertial path, albeit in an upward route.

Case depend by United States regions:

Now a slight rise.

Huge states (New York, Florida, Texas, California):

The large drop in New York, however flattening. Florida on the continues its gradual climb.

Test positivity:


Nonetheless heading down.

Case fatality rate (plus deaths):

Good to see these deaths dropping. The fatality price within the West is dropping now, for some motive as unknown as why it rose.

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Readers, I’ve posts to complete, and so this will probably be an open thread, with nothing however the standing parts: Fowl Music of the Day, Covid charts, and the plant. I’ll return tomorrow. –lambert

Here’s a quick parable for our occasions:

“The man driving the Suez Canal excavator says he received by on 3 hours of sleep an evening and hasn’t been paid his time beyond regulation but” [Business Insider].

Liberating the Ever Given was a world effort, with winches, dredgers, tugboats, and excavators all introduced in. However Abdul-Gawad was the person who was actually on the rock face of the issue. As soon as he received to the bottom of the ship, there was no selection however to start out digging. In his estimation, the Ever Given’s bow was lodged about 6 meters, or 20 toes, larger than the place the ship should have been floating. Its stern was additionally sitting on the alternative financial institution, and the sideways ship was blocking all visitors.

Beneath the looming sides of the ship, he feared destabilizing the ship and having it topple onto him. “The factor is, I used to be terrified that the ship may record too far to at least one facet or the opposite,” he mentioned. “As a result of if it fell onto its facet on me, then it’s goodbye me, and goodbye excavator.”…

Two extra excavators arrived on the scene a few days in, however their drivers had been too apprehensive to do what Abdul-Gawad was doing, he mentioned. As a substitute, they cleared away the supplies close to the bottom after he had dug it out.

Driving the excavator in his flip-flops, Abdul-Gawad undertook hours of digging.
This may be adopted by half-hour bursts of the tugboats attempting to drag the vessel, when Abdul-Gawad and his machine would get a walkie-talkie sign to retreat.

“However, you already know, till I received 5, 6 meters down, there was no motion,” he mentioned.

On Thursday 25, a specialised dredger boat – the Mashhour – joined the efforts. Abdul-Gawad’s job was to shift rock and sand materials from the ship’s bow whereas the Mashhour dislodged the silt from the canal mattress, he mentioned.

The mixed effort – with the assistance of a excessive tide – gave hopeful indicators the subsequent day, and eventually succeeded on March 29. Ever Given’s launch set each employee cheering – and tugboats honking – in celebration.


Abdul-Gawad mentioned he had barely been included within the celebrations. Except for a small ceremony held by one newspaper, he has acquired nearly no official recognition for his position, he mentioned. “I used to be invited to the ceremony the place they honored the individuals who received the ship out,” he mentioned. It was primarily for Suez Canal Authority workers, he mentioned, which doesn’t embrace Abdul-Gawad since he works for a subcontractor.

He mentioned it felt like an afterthought. The occasion was in a metropolis 4 hours away, and he received the invitation an hour and a half upfront, he mentioned.

Plus, they owe him for the time beyond regulation. The destiny of “important employees” in all places!

NOTE Kudos to Enterprise Insider for getting this story. I can’t think about why the New York Instances or the Washington Submit didn’t.

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